High-level strategic security requires particularly refined communications skills. This course covers advanced techniques of communication, with emphasis on skills germane to the strategic security environment. A major premise of this course is that effective written, visual, and oral communication requires an ability to read and evaluate written, visual, and oral communication. Students will study and apply principles of effective communication as used in preparing and conducting effective briefings. They will acquire and apply expertise in the technical and visual aspects of effective presentations. Students will also learn how to handle briefings and presentations for politically, intellectually, and culturally diverse audiences; how to work with an interpreter; and how to handle biased, indifferent, or hostile listeners. Finally, the course will outline effective methods for managing conflicting opinions and resolving differences while maintaining an open intellectual atmosphere.
Research and evaluate finished intelligence briefings for their formative characteristics and summative value.
Identify, edit, revise, and evaluate written language and intelligence briefings for conciseness, precision, clarity, parallelism, modification, agreement, punctuation, and appropriate language usage.
Understand the characteristics of effective presentations with respect to intelligence related material; evaluate oral presentations for effectiveness.
Demonstrates how leaders utilize effective presentation skills to convey intelligence-related materials to diverse audiences.
Write formal, written intelligence briefings, compose PowerPoint presentations with visual aids, draft speech outlines, compile research-based dossiers on briefing audiences, and present oral presentations.
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